Find sheets that stay cool and enjoy the best sleep you’ve ever had
If you spend the night tossing and turning because of heat, you're not alone. Sheets are the base layer and depending on how they're made, greatly affect your temperature. And while there’s lots of information out there, when it comes to sheets that help you stay cool, many sources get it wrong. Read on to learn which sheets are best for hot sleepers, hot flushes or night sweats.
Common Mistakes People Make Regarding Cool Temperature Sheets
If you're going through menopause, sheets won't cure hot flushes but the wrong kind of sheet will make them worse. When looking for cool sheets or the best sheets for night sweats, it’s essential to avoid making these common mistakes.
- Don't choose high thread counts. We're all taught that a higher thread count (500+) means better quality but these days, thread count only tells us how many threads are in the sheet, it doesn't tell us much about quality. However, thread count greatly affects heat and higher thread counts create hotter sheets. In fact, 1000TC sheets are the hottest cotton sheets you can buy. Conversely, lower thread counts (250TC-350TC 10cm2) create cooler sheets but must be made from good cotton so they last.
- Don't choose sateen sheets. Because sateen sheets have higher thread counts, many people assume they must be “better.” But in reality, it comes down to preference with the sateen weave trapping more heat, making them much hotter than percale sheets.
- Don't choose synthetics. Synthetics are super hot! The same goes for cheaper silk sheets. Real silk sheets should cost an absolute fortune, if they don't, they're most likely synthetics.
- Don't choose semi-synthetics like bamboo, eucalyptus or Tencel. These types of sheets are various forms of rayon, some more eco-friendly than others. Much is made of the moisture-wicking properties of semi-synthetics but in our experience, they don't react like natural fibres. They kind of repel moisture which in our experience, leaves the moisture on you, which is uncomfortable in our experience. Although not as hot as full synthetics, they don't regulate temperature like natural fibres. So when it's hot outside you're hot, and when it's cold outside, you're cold. YMMV.
- Careful with linen. We've tested a lot of linen because of it's reputed coolness. However, while much cooler than high thread count cotton, linen isn't cooler than low thread count cotton in our experience. On the plus side, it doesn't repel moisture like synthetics or semi-synthetics so it's way nicer to sleep in. But it never has that cool and crisp feeling you get from low thread count cotton. Linen is definitely worth trying but low thread count cotton is noticeably cooler than linen, particularly the newer, softer French/Belgium linen seen everywhere these days.
- Don't use heavy duvets or quilts. Even in winter, heavy duvet inners or comforters can make you hot but when pulled aside, leave you cold. So you often end-up doing the duvet dance all night; hot/cold/hot/cold etc which breaks up sleep. To sleep, our bodies need to find that Goldilocks temperature; not too hot and not too cold. Instead, try multiple light layers. Too hot? Peel back a single layer and you're less likely to awake feeling cold 30 minutes later.
What to look for when shopping for cool bed sheets
It's important to note that heat is personal and can be subjective. But in our experience (and Christina is currently going through 'the change') the following tips should result in sheets that help you stay cool.
- Cotton or linen, no synthetics or semi-synthetics
- Percale weave, avoid sateen
- Lower thread counts, 250TC-350TC 10cm2 is a common sweet-spot
- Good quality cotton, medium or long-staple cotton for longevity
Why Trust The Hotel Sheet for Sheets that Keep You Cool?
The Hotel Sheet has been making sheets for a decade. And during that time we’ve sleep-tested and lab-tested many kinds of sheets. We've also talked to 1000s of people about what makes sheets comfortable to them. And most importantly, we're both hot sleepers ourselves. Here are a few of the reasons you can trust us:
- Testing and certification. A new DNA test can identify fake Egyptian cotton. You can rest easy knowing that Egyptian cotton purchased from us has been verified as 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton. In addition, our bed linen is certified free from harmful or illegal substances via OEKO-TEX certification.
- Better value. While many sheets sacrifice cotton quality for an impressive thread count, we use classic hotel sheet recipes which use higher quality cotton, in lower thread counts. This results in better cotton for your money, beautiful feeling sheets that last, and more importantly, sheets that breathe.
- No-risk purchasing. Sleep on our sheets for 60 nights and, if you aren’t happy, return them for a full refund. Any returns are donated to the Auckland Women’s Refuge.
What To Expect when buying sheets that keep you cool from the Hotel Sheet
When you choose The Hotel Sheet, you’ll enjoy a variety of benefits, here are a few of the perks when buying from us:
- Free delivery in NZ. We’ll ship for free anywhere in New Zealand, including rural delivery. You can expect your items within three to four days – occasionally longer in rural areas.
- 5% off your first order. Our newsletter provides educational bedding information, tips, and special deals available only to subscribers. Subscribe and earn 5% off your first order.
- Customer education. We focus on providing our customers with helpful information to assist with selecting the sheets that suit their individual needs best.